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Instinctive combat shooting Serbia

Instinctive combat shooting Serbia

Firearms – Knowing your subject

Last year we were given the task by Master Željko Vujčić to set up a group for UK teaching instinctive combat shooting to KAPAP instructors and students. Not an easy task convincing students to part with their money and travelling all the way to Serbia. Money is tight these days and finding time off work is always a problem. But we managed to string together a motley crew, pack them on a plane and get to Belgrade without any major dramas.

Belgrade calling

Welcoming us at the airport was the IPSC GROM team who kindly pick us up from the airport and transported us to the Hotel in Požarevac. The hospitality of our Serbian friends as always top notch. We dined at Željko’s restaurant, who bombarded with wave after wave of food and drink. With an approaching food coma, it was time to chuck in the towel and head back to the hotel.

Instinctive combat shooting day 1

We awake to a nice mild morning and start mentally preparing yourself for a day down the range. To relax the nerves of the first time shooters we warm up with some dry drills. Before anyone can travel to Serbia to do an instinctive combat shooting course, all students had to do a two-day handling course in the UK.

Practicing dry firing drills to relax nerves before shooting

First shooting exercise of the day

Nice and easy with the pistols, targets at the range of 10 metres and 15 rounds in the magazine. GROM instructors watching the first time shooters like hawks. Checking the handling and making sure the pistol is held correctly whilst firing. Oh and not forgetting, dealing with those pesky jams!

30 rounds later the group was split and myself and Mark Eardley were moving to the next range to work on some more taxing shooting at the yellow house.

Dynamic shooting under pressure

Popping holes into static targets is not what instinctive combat shooting about. It’s much more challenging and that’s why you have to go oversea’s to do this. Moving in and around cover, accurate fast shooting under pressure is the name of the game to simulate real combat.

Main exercises of the day for the more experience group. Shooting around cover accurately without exposing yourself to return fire and moving. We worked hard on this until lunchtime. The evening session I was asked to teach a short KAPAP session and followed by a continuation of dry drill at the gym.

Weapon retention session Serbia

Instinctive combat shooting day 2

This turned out to be much more physical. Starting with a hard hitting weapon retention session, which was more like rugby league contest. After a few new additional bruises to the collection is was back on the range with a nice easy warm-up shoot.

Pressure, pressure, pressure

Time to step it up a gear – rugby league meets shooting. Not so easy now, having to battle through obstructing combatants and then keeping calm and running through the yellow house blasting away. Might as well just to make it even more trick swap a pistol of an assault rifle next round. Using a long barrelled weapon in a confined space is awkward and extra safety needs to be considered when pointing the weapon downward.

Next up one of my favourites the good old pump action shotgun, speed accuracy and a lot of fun.

After several hours down the range, we had lunch back a Željko’s restaurant we returned back to the gym for another battering. Weapon retention drills and field stripping Glock 17’s, CZ-99’s and CZ-75. The weekend flew by and we finish off with the end course food and drinks. Was a top weekend and you can’t beat our Serbian friends for hospitality. Can’t wait to catch up with them again in August.


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I have been training at your Kapap class under your instruction since November 2012. In this period I feel my physical skills have developed greatly and my mind set towards martial arts has changed as a result of this.

For me, Kapap has not been a repetition of the same routines (like some martial arts). In Kapap, you really do have the opportunity to trial real life pressured situations, with each situation differing in that the repetitions are trialled on one or more of your fellow Kapap classmates.

In the up-coming months, I am looking forward to the potential development of the Great Yarmouth club supported by your teaching methods, and will be training hard in order to enhance my self defence skills.

Alex Baker, Great Yarmouth